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October 17, 1988

The proponents of Proposition 92 do not go far enough in their proposal in changing the Commission on Judicial Performance. If you're going to amend the Constitution then do it right the first time.

Too many ignorant and incompetent lawyers are appointed as judges, who too often become arrogant in their security of immunity. The record of the Commission on Judicial Performance given by the proponents, i.e., only 25 out of 7,185 complaints resulted in public punishment in 27 years, speaks for itself--wimpy--merely a wrist-slapping public entity that is neither useful nor cost effective in its present state. The commission's poor record is understandable--presently there are five judges, two lawyers, and two public members on the commission who recommend to the Supreme Court (more lawyer-justices) to censure or remove a brother.

Change it to five public members (women and minorities should be represented), two judges, and two lawyers and give them some teeth by letting them have the sole power to censure or remove rogue judges. Only then would the public's confidence be restored in the judicial system.

Vote no on Proposition 92. The legislators need to place another measure on the ballot with the above recommendations.

ARNOLD LUTZ

Torrance

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